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Learning Adobe DreamWeaver CS4

by Greg Bowden (430 pages)

 

Tutorials to teach or learn Adobe DreamWeaver CS4

The Learning Adobe DreamWeaver CS4 tutorials provide activity-based web page authoring lessons for beginners and advanced users. There are two modules available:

 

Module 1 introduces the Adobe DreamWeaver CS4 basics.


Module 2 covers advanced Adobe DreamWeaver CS4 features.

 

Support files that provide all the images and data required to complete the activities are included with the product.

 

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  • Chapters and Sample Pages
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Module 1: DreamWeaver CS4 Basics

 

Contents (Modules 1 and 2)

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Chapter 1: Introduction to Dreamweaver CS4 (22 pages)

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Chapter 2: Using Text and Graphics (23 pages)

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Chapter 3: Using Tables (28 pages)

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Chapter 4: Creating Links (13 pages)

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Chapter 5: Anchor Points and Hotspots (16 pages)

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Chapter 6: Site Assets and Library Items (22 pages)

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Chapter 7: Absolute Position Elements (21 pages)

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Chapter 8: Using Templates (23 pages)

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Chapter 9: Creating Forms (32 pages)

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Chapter 10: Navigation Bars (17 pages)

 

Chapter 11: Checking and Uploading Web Files (16 pages)

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Project 1 Multi-user version only (4 pages)

 

 

 

 

Module 2: DreamWeaver CS4 Advanced Exercises

 

 

Chapter 12: Cascading Style Sheets (21 pages)

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Chapter 13: Creating a CSS Based Page (18 pages)

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Chapter 14: Adding Content to CSS Pages (14 pages)

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Chapter 15: Formatting CSS Pages (18 pages)

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Chapter 16: Using Behaviours (23 pages)

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Chapter 17: Editing and Importing Tools (12 pages)

 

Chapter 18: Inserting Media (16 pages)

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Chapter 19: Creating Menus and Tabbed Panels (15 pages)

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Chapter 20: Commands and Snippets (18 pages)

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Project 2: Multi-user version only (4 pages)

 

 

 

The tutorials can be used onscreen next to the software package, from a tablet or printed. Assignments are provided at the end of each chapter and the multi-user version provides projects at the end of each module.

 

 

Module 1

Introduces how to set up a site, format text, insert images, use tables, create links, anchor points and hotspots, manage assets, use AP Elements, create templates and forms, and upload files to a remote server.

Module 2

Covers using CSS styles, creating CSS based page layouts, formatting CSS based pages, using behaviours to validate forms and create help messages, importing Word and Excel files, inserting Photoshop files, Flash Animations and Flash Video, creating spry pop-up menus and using commands and snippets.

 

 

Module 1 Chapter Descriptions

 

 

Chapter 1: Introduction to DreamWeaver CS4

 

This chapter demonstrates the different panels and tool bars on the DreamWeaver screen then students are shown how to set up a site.

 

 

Chapter 2: Entering Text and Graphics


This chapter provides activities that demonstrate how to insert text and graphics into a page. Students are shown how to format text, adjust the size and position of images, insert page backgrounds and horizontal rules. The following page is created:

 

Adobe DreamWeaver CS4 text and graphics

 

 

 

Chapter 3: Using Tables

 

This chapter demonstrates how to insert and format tables. Students learn how to enter text and images into tables, name tables, adjust column widths and row heights, use rulers and grids and add backgrounds to tables. The following Travel Packages page is created:

 

Adobe DreamWeaver CS4 tables

 

 

 

Chapter 4: Creating Links

 

This chapter demonstrates how to link text and graphics. Text then graphic links are added to the Travel Packages page

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Adobe DreamWeaver CS4 links

 

 

 

Chapter 5: Anchor Points and Hotspots

 

This chapter demonstrates how to add links within a page (anchor links) and how to create links on sections of a page (hotspots or image maps). The following page is used to create hotspots on a world map.

 

Adobe DreamWeaver CS4 anchor points and hotspots

 

 

 

Chapter 6: Site Assets and Library Items

 

This chapter demonstrates how to use the Assets panel to manage and use the resources of the site, and how to create Library items such as the date a page was updated message on pages and placing link tables as a library items to automate the updating of links on pages. The following page is used to include a navigation bar library item and an updated date library item.

 

Adobe DreamWeaver CS4 site assets and library items

 

 

 

Chapter 7: Using Absolute Position Elements

 

This chapter provides activities that demonstrate the use of the DRAW AP DIV tool. It covers how to create a AP Elements, insert content into an AP Element, change the stacking order of AP Elements, move AP Elements, place tables within AP Elements, convert AP Elements to tables and vice versa. The following page is created:

 

Adobe DreamWeaver CS4 Absolute position elements

 

 

 

Chapter 8: Using Templates

 

This chapter introduces to concept of templates. A template for the Travel Agency is created and applied to other pages in the site. Adjustments are made to the template to show how all the pages set to the template are also adjusted. A table is created and modifies to create the structure of the following template:

 

Adobe DreamWeaver CS4 templates

 

 

 

Chapter 9: Using Forms

 

This chapter demonstrates how to create Forms. It shows how to insert the form tag, how to insert the text fields, how to insert pop-up menus and add values to the menu, how to insert radio buttons and check boxes, how to insert submit and reset buttons, and how to name the form and set its post properties. The following order form is created:

 

Adobe DreamWeaver CS4 forms

 

 

 

Chapter 10: Navigation Bars

 

This chapter demonstrates how to add rollover buttons to create a second navigation system. The template is updated to provide buttons along the left side of the page.

 

Adobe DreamWeaver CS4 navigation bars

 

 

 

Chapter 11: Checking and Uploading Web Files

This chapter demonstrates how to run browser checks and report on web sites, cloak file types and folders that don't need to be uploaded to a remote sever, uploading files to a remote folder and managing files once they have been uploaded.



Project 1

For multi-user version students are set the task of using the web authoring skills that they have learned during the module to create a web site for a used car dealer. All the text needed to complete the project is included.




Summary of Module 2 Chapters

 

Chapter 12: Cascading Style Sheets

This chapter demonstrates the difference between internal and external CSS style sheets, how to export styles to an external style sheet, the advantages of external style sheets, how to attach external style sheets to pages and using external style sheets within templates.

 

Adobe DreamWeaver CS4 CSS styles



Chapter 13: Laying Out a CSS Page

 

This chapter demonstrates how to create a CSS based page layout. It includes how to attach a CSS file to a page, how to define DIV tags to regions of the page, how to nest DIV tags and how to set styles to control DIV tags.



Chapter 14: Adding Content to CSS Pages

Students learn how to insert content into the DIV tag regions defined in the previous chapter. A company logo is added to the Banner DIV tag, buttons to the Navigation DIV tag, text links to the secondary navigation region and text to the Content region.

 

 

Adobe DreamWeaver CS4 CSS page layouts

 

 

 

Chapter 15: Formatting CSS pages

This chapter demonstrates how to set styles to control the format and layout of a page. The 4 types of styles are covered - Class, ID, Tag and Compound. Students learn how to apply styles to linked text, along with editing styles and saving the CSS page as a template.

 

Adobe DreamWeaver CS4 formatting CSS pages

 

 


Chapter 16: Using Behaviours

This chapter demonstrates how to use the Tag Inspector panel to set behaviours to provide help messages, popup windows, display larger versions of images, validate data in fields within forms and add effects to images.


Adobe DreamWeaver CS4 behaviors

 

 

 

Chapter 17: Editing and Importing Tools

This chapter provides activities that demonstrate how to make simple adjustments to images within DreamWeaver using its built in FireWorks tools and how to import formatted text and tables from Microsoft Word and Excel. The following page is created from a supplied Word document.


Adobe DreamWeaver CS4 edit and import

 

 

 

Chapter 18: Inserting Media

This chapter provides activities that demonstrate how to import Photoshop and Flash media into DreamWeaver pages. Photoshop documents are compressed and linked so that any changes made to the original Photoshop files are automatically updated within the DreamWeaver page. Flash animations and Flash video are also imported.

 

Adobe DreamWeaver CS4 inserting media

 

 

 

Chapter 19: Creating Menus and Tabbed Panels

The Spry Menu Bar widgit is used to create a popup menu navigation system and Spry tabbed panels widgit is used to create tabbed panels, which allow more content to be stored on a page.

 

Adobe DreamWeaver CS4 popup menus and tab panels

 

 


Chapter 20: Commands and Snippets

This chapter demonstrates how to create custom Commands via the History panel that can be re-used as required, how to add DreamWeaver's supplied Snippets to pages and how to create customised snippets.

 


 

Project 2

 

The multi-user version provides a detailed project.

Students are set the task of using the web authoring skills that they have learned during the module to create a CSS based web site on a topic negotiated with the teacher, or on the provided details about a Real Estate Agency. All the text needed to complete the Real Estate task is included.